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Rob McKenna, JD Biography

Former Attorney General of the State of Washington
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“We believe a rational basis does exist for the Legislature to deny felons the right to vote until they have completed their entire court-ordered sentences, including payment of criminal penalties, victim’s restitution, and legal fees, rather than separating out various sentencing aspects.”

“State To Appeal Ruling Granting Voting Rights To Felons Who Owe Fines,” Seattle Times, Mar. 29, 2006

[Editor’s Note: Individuals and organizations that do not support felon re-enfranchisement until felons have paid all fines and restitution (in addition to having completed their term of incarceration and probation/parole) are classified as Not Clearly Pro or Con. Also, those who support re-enfranchisement of some felons but not others (for example, felons who committed murder or rape) are also classified as Not Clearly Pro or Con.]

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, 2013-present
  • Attorney General, State of Washington, Jan. 2005-Jan. 2013
  • Member, University of Chicago Law School Law Review
  • Member, Board of Directors, Bellevue Community College Foundation
  • Member, Bellevue Rotary
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa honor society
  • Student Body President, University of Washington
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Member, King County Council, representing Bellevue, WA, 1999-2004
  • Attorney, Bellevue office of Perkins Coie lawfirm, 1988
  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1988
  • BA, Economics and International Studies, University of Washington, 1985
  • Awarded Eagle Scout
Quoted in:
  1. Does Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act Apply to Laws That Disenfranchise People with Felony Convictions?
  2. Should People with Felony Convictions Have to Pay All Fines, Fees, and Restitutions Related to Their Conviction before Regaining Their Vote?